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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Enhancing Understanding and Providing Proactive Interventions

Develop your understanding of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so that you can better respond to, and support them. Learn how to identify triggers and provide proactive interventions.



Develop your understanding of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so that you can better respond to, and support them. Learn the common characteristics in ASD and the challenges that these often present, particularly anxiety. What have become known as 'autistic meltdowns' occur when the person's anxiety peaks to a level that is higher than they can manage. In this workshop you will learn how to identify triggers and provide proactive interventions. 

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Learn the common characteristics in ASD; sensory processing issues, difficulties with communication, social relationships and problem-solving 

  • Learn about the idiosyncratic ways that people with ASD think

  • Understand the different challenges that Anxiety presents for those with ASD

  • Explore different triggers which cause escalation of ‘autistic meltdowns’

  • Gain knowledge and tools to better understand and minimise distress

  • Framework for proactive interventions

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Dr Olive Webb

ONZM, FNZPsS, PhD, DipClinPsych, DipHSM(dist)

Olive has over 40 years' experience working as a clinical psychologist in the area of Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and related areas. She has published widely in these specialist fields, focusing on sexual education, challenging and offending behaviour by people who have intellectual disabilities, adults and children with high and complex needs, and various aspects of the healthcare of people who have intellectual disabilities. Olive was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2008 for Services to Intellectual Disability.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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